Rode Procaster Review

Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer

11/13/2020

In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about the Rode Procaster. And my first impression is it’s heavy. One thing that you’ll notice with Rode microphones is you could talk in any direction, and it will pick up solid audio. 

You’ll notice a little silver in the microphone’s front, this indicates that it is the front side of the microphone.

And just a heads up, it is an XLR only microphone, meaning you have to have an XLR cable to use this, and you need an XLR port on the recording device you’re using. You could use the Rode Caster Pro.

The Rode Caster Pro is a sound deck. It’s a tremendous device. And this is made to  work together and uniformity with the PSA1. So you’d be behooved yourself to have the stack of all Rode products. 

The Rode Caster is made to work with any recording device. However, the presets they’ve set in for their own devices is going to work better with their product. 

But the fact that it’s an XLR microphone, you need some device, whether it’s a Rode Caster Pro or the zoom h4 n or the h6n. You’re going to have to have something that will take in an XLR input. 

There is no option for USB in this. You will notice in this that it’s very similar to what came with the Shure—there are no cables or mic stand. You get the microphone and the adapter.

The Rode Procaster is a dynamic microphone, which means that it is made for voice content specifically for podcasting. And if you put this in the middle of a conference room, it wouldn’t work in the capacity you want it to because it’s not going to pick up 360-degree audio. It’s made for voice content directly in front of it. 

The benefit of it is that many people really struggle with echo and reverb and wherever the recording location involves.

If you have a dynamic microphone, it’s only going to pick up the sound directly in front of it. I also want you to notice what does it sound like the acoustics in the room. Are you picking up different noises around? 

Note: Please watch the video for the sound comparison.

The other thing is that the Rode Procaster requires phantom power. It means that this microphone requires another device that provides a power source to this.

The Rode Caster Pro has an advanced setting that you can quickly turn on phantom power. The way you’ll know if you need phantom power or not is you won’t see the decibels even if you are talking.  And one of the two things could be happening—you’re not you didn’t turn the microphone on, or you’re on a different channel.

If you’re using the Zoom H4N or H6N, the mic does require phantom power. By the way, these are the other devices that I recommend that are more of the handheld ones that are recording devices. They also have a feature where you can go to the advanced settings and turn on phantom power. 

With the Shure SM7B, I’m usually right up on it because that’s what it’s made to do. And I don’t hear any reverb at all with that microphone. So the further you have to sit away, the more likely it is that it is going to pick up things in the room, including your echo. 

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Overall, it is a seamless product. There are adapters that I need for the Shure to work with a PSA1 like an extension cord. The adapter is not expensive, but it is required to work with this specific Rode device.

You’ll find with Rode products that it is great about having a lot of accessories that go with their products, whereas some of the other microphone brands don’t necessarily have that. 

And something else you’ll notice that is going to be beneficial is that it comes with a pouch to protect your microphone from scratches to a large degree. It’s not a very large pouch, so you will need a different container for your cables.  

So this is great for travel purposes. 

Also, you are going to need a power source for that because I’ve never had a device that sucks the batteries more than the zoom devices. I can put them in and be dead in like two hours.

Rode makes a tremendous product, and I would say I’m curious to hear if you guys feel the same way. Let me know in the comments below. 

There’s a lot of different products that Rode offers all various price point ranges. You cannot go wrong with any of them. So what I recommend you do is do some sound sampling. Listen to your voice on it or look at videos like what I’m doing and hear a sound comparison.

Keep in mind that if you want to stack equipment and, if eventually, want to evolve into having a nice tech stack with your arm and your sound deck, you can always build on top of Rode products. They made it that way to be seamlessly integrated. 

 

Check that out the episode I’ve done where I go over the specifics of the SM7B microphone. If you are new in the market, I’ve done a lot of these videos. 

So if you check out our podcast playlist, you be able to check out all the equipment that we reviewed, in addition to my tips and advice on podcasting.  

Don’t forget to check out my program StartupU. I’m the founder of StartupU, and we help people turn their ideas into revenue-generating businesses. 

And I’ll see you guys in the next one.

 

CMH

 

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